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THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY The age of Renaissance 1300s-1600s was the time line that the dramatized Michelangelos artist lifestyle The Renaissance was begun by the humanist scholars who studied Greek and Roman literature during medieval times Their belief was that Classical societies were far more advanced in science philosophy art and literature Therefore they felt it was their duty was to gather this information in order to modernize Europe The most influential Renaissance study was art because the Holy Roman Empire found it to be appealing and realistic thus easier for the Empire to relate to its people Much of what appeared in Irving Stones biographical novel of the life of Michelangelo 1475-1564 was of the authors invention but few will dispute that the artist painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel which is the subject of Carol Reeds film THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY1965 It traces Michelangelo Buonarroti life from age 13 to his death at 89 but deals mainly with the five years 1507-1512 during which he painted the Sistine Chapel Pope Julius II 1443-1513 had commissioned the work in the hope that it would serve as an immortal symbol of his painstaking work which is the source of an ongoing war of words between them Agony and Ecstasy were the words Contessina De Medici Diane Cilento used to define the relationship between Michelangelo Charlton Heston and Pope Julius II Rex Harrison The agony is contributed to Pope Julius backbreaking treatment of Michelangelo in contrast ecstasy was the result of the completion of his immortal art work An account of one of Michelangelos sonnets refers to Julius as a Medusa due to the lack of payment he received for his art work
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